Château de Fontcreuse is an elegant building that was completed in 1700.
It was at the beginning of the 18th century that the residence was endowed with running water, a rarity indeed at that time. The source of the water was underground springs, that fed a gallery hollowed out under the hill that supplied the estate and its outbuildings with water, hence the name Château « Fontcreuse » (literally hollow fount).
Until the 1920s, mixed farming was practiced at Fontcreuse as it was at all Provencal agriculture estates. It was only in 1922, when acquired by Colonel Teed, that the Château de Fontcreuse began to move towards viticulture.
Colonel Teed, a British officer of the Indian army loved to holiday on the French Riviera. During one of his peregrinations, he discovered Cassis and literally fell in love with the place. He then decided to settle there and acquired the Château de Fontcreuse.
Fontcreuse soon became his passion. It was then that Colonel Teed redoubled his efforts, with the emphasis on quality, with the aim of developing a great White Wine that would forge the reputation of Fontcreuse.
That gentleman farmer, a refined and cultivated man, was also the friend of many British authors. Hence it was not by chance that Virginia Woolf became a regular visitor to Cassis. Moreover, the author penned a number of books, in 1925 and 1929, in the stunning Bergère, a little house that is still standing today below the vines of Fontcreuse, still affording an enchanting view of the hills in all seasons.
In 1953, the Domaine de Fontcreuse became the property of Joseph Maffei, although still under the British flag, so to speak. At the beginning of the second world war, Joseph Maffei Cassidain by birth, in fact, joined the Royal Air Force only to return to civilian life in 1949.
Shot down with his bombardier over Berlin, then taken prisoner, he escaped and returned to British soil to join the fight once again. Companion of the Liberation, a restless and forthright man, Joseph Maffei journeyed through life with the same spirit and enthusiasm as on the day he enlisted to serve his country. It is thanks to this exceptional man that Fontcreuse remains loyal to the tradition that forged the reputation of the Château de Fontcreuse wine.
In 1987, shortly before his death, Joseph Maffei, a man of foresight, sold and transmitted Fontcreuse to Jean-François Brando whose mission has since been maintaining its heritage and prestige of Fontcreuse. With passion, Fontcreuse combines its Terroir, its Tradition, a true respect for the progress of yesteryear, to implement today’s advances that will form the Tradition of tomorrow.